Sunday, August 14, 2011

An Easy Muffin For A Tough Day

Monday's are always the hardest day of the week.  I'm sure it was a Monday morning that inspired the bumper sticker I saw recently: 'There's got to be a better way to start the day than getting up in the morning!'  Monday's usually require an extra smack or two of the snooze button in order to ease into the day. Luckily,  I've got 'snooze radar'; no matter how deep I'm sleeping, or how I'm laying, I can instantly smack that snooze button before the first annoying beep is done.

Mondays have become a little easier, however, now that I know they'll be starting with fresh, tasty muffins. I was out of town last week and missed the fun, so I was excited to get this weeks recipe.  It's not only easy, but super tasty as well. In fact, the first batch was eaten before I took all my pictures, so I had to make a second. These are called 'Donut Mufffins', and having made tens of thousands of donuts in my time, I can assure you, these are the easiest donuts on earth to make!

The recipe calls for jam in the center, but it's fine to exclude it if you don't like 'Filled' donuts. Personally, I love the tasty surprise in the middle, so I decided on apricot jam for my little beauties. Firstly, because I had a wonderful vision of apricot filled, almond muffins with a white chocolate glaze, but mainly because grape muffins didn't sound very appetizing, and that was the only other jam in the house. As fate would have it, though, the stealthy almond monsters had already raided the pantry leaving me helpless in my quest for donut muffin utopia.

In the end, I followed the recipe as written and still used the apricot jam as a filling. The only alteration  was to top with a simple streusel instead of the cinnamon/sugar topping called for. My family loves the streusel topping and this time was no exception. In fact, we liked these muffins better than the 'coffee cake' muffins from 2 weeks ago.

I made a few jumbo muffins, but the jam ratio turned out much better in the smaller ones. In fact, we all thought they were better the next day. Very moist and delicious.  And, best of all, they're so easy to make, even an Alabama graduate can do it! 

The recipe has been adapted from tasteofhome
Donut Muffins:
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup milk
Jam {Optional}

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350°F
Grease or use muffin liners to line a 12 hole muffin pan
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
In a small bowl, combine sugar, oil, egg and milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Fill cups half full; place 1 teaspoon jam on top. Cover jam with enough batter to fill muffin cups three-fourths full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Place melted butter in a small bowl; combine sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.
Immediately after removing muffins from the oven, dip tops in butter, then in cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm.

Yields: 10 standard-size muffins.

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These muffins are so easy, I'm sure I'll be making them often. Maybe soon I'll fill some with custard and top with chocolate. After all, custard filled, chocolate iced donuts are my fave!  What's your favorite donut?


  1. Oh! I love the idea of topping these with streusel. Delish!

    My favorite doughnut.... I think that would have to be a simple glazed one. It's been way too long since I had one!

  2. Love the way you described how hard it is to get moving on a Monday. Great looking Muffins! It was fun to share the baking with you & the rest. Happy Monday, Alan !

  3. Those look perfect for a Monday morning, especially if someone else bakes them:) I don't mind making breakfast on weekends, but Mondays are Husband's domain:)
    Favorite doughnut? Has to be plain glazed Krispy Kreme!

  4. Love the apricot filling, Alan! Check out my errors with chocolate-topped, cream-filled doughnut muffins so you learn from my mistakes ;) Ha ha. Have a wonderful week!

  5. love the filling and the beauty shot on the deck!

  6. Donut muffins! Oh, my! What' s not to love? Thanks for the inspiration. I would never make these unless I have lots of people around to oversee my sweet tooth. I can't be trusted to be alone with something like this.

  7. Love this jelly doughnut muffin surprise Alan. Yum!!

  8. Love the streusel topping! Great addition to this wonderful recipe. My favorite donut is FujiMama's baked tofu donuts :) I just can't get myself to eat fried dough... I rather have ice cream or creme brulee hehe

  9. The title of the post could not be more perfect. I love the whole shot on the deck! Beautiful.

    Please send me a couple of those muffin cups. I simply adore them.

  10. Great idea adding streusel, Alan. These muffins were fun to make, another great recipe. My fave donuts: classic glazed (boring huh? lol)

  11. I'll trade you one fig-filled muffin for an apricot jam one please!:)

  12. ooh! they look so cute!! and I love the topping - my favorite!!

  13. i loved the simplicity of these muffins! and you're right they are by far the easiest doughnuts to make :)

  14. Mondays just aren't complete without muffins, eh?! Love the idea of a white chocolate topper for this muffin along with apricot jam...great idea!

  15. These look excellent Alan! I love apricot jam and definitely agree that they sound much more appealing than grape filled muffins. I had trouble with my jam falling to the bottom of the muffins. It doesn't look like you had an issue with that. Do you have any suggestions for what I could do differently next time?

  16. apricot jam in a donut muffin sounds perfect for the start to a week! #muffinmonday yay!

  17. I agree, Monday's can be tough sometimes....but a muffin makes is sooooo much better! Your crumble on top looks heavenly!!! These look delicious:-) Hugs, Terra


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